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Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al Qaeda

History


by
Brian Glyn Williams

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 16.7 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Predators is a riveting introduction to the murky world of Predator and Reaper drones, the CIA?s and U.S. military?s most effective and controversial killing tools. Brian Glyn Williams combines policy analysis with the human drama of the spies, terrorists, insurgents, and innocent tribal peoples who have been killed in the covert operationuthe CIA?s largest assassination campaign since the Vietnam War eraubeing waged in Pakistan?s tribal regions via remote control aircraft known as drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Having traveled extensively in the Pashtun tribal areas while working for the U.S. military and the CIA, Williams explores in detail of the new technology of airborne assassinations. From miniature Scorpion missiles designed to kill terrorists while avoiding civilian ocollateral damageo to prathrais, the cigarette lighterusize homing beacons spies plant on their unsuspecting targets to direct drone missiles to them, the author describes the drone arsenal in full.

Evaluating the ethics of targeted killings and drone technology, Williams covers more than a hundred drone strikes, analyzing the number of slain civilians versus the number of terrorists killed to address the claims of antidrone activists. In examining the future of drone warfare, he reveals that the U.S. military is already building more unmanned than manned aerial vehicles. Predators helps us weigh the pros and cons of the drone program so that we can decide whether it is a vital strategic asset, a ofrenemy,o or a little of both.

Predators is a riveting introduction to the murky world of Predator and Reaper drones, the CIA?s and U.S. military?s most effective and controversial killing tools. Brian Glyn Williams combines policy analysis with the human drama of the spies, terrorists, insurgents, and innocent tribal peoples who have been killed in the covert operationuthe CIA?s largest assassination campaign since the Vietnam War eraubeing waged in Pakistan?s tribal regions via remoteā€¦ (more)

Predators is a riveting introduction to the murky world of Predator and Reaper drones, the CIA?s and U.S. military?s most effective and controversial killing tools. Brian Glyn Williams combines policy analysis with the human drama of the spies, terrorists, insurgents, and innocent tribal peoples who have been killed in the covert operationuthe CIA?s largest assassination campaign since the Vietnam War eraubeing waged in Pakistan?s tribal regions via remote control aircraft known as drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Having traveled extensively in the Pashtun tribal areas while working for the U.S. military and the CIA, Williams explores in detail of the new technology of airborne assassinations. From miniature Scorpion missiles designed to kill terrorists while avoiding civilian ocollateral damageo to prathrais, the cigarette lighterusize homing beacons spies plant on their unsuspecting targets to direct drone missiles to them, the author describes the drone arsenal in full.

Evaluating the ethics of targeted killings and drone technology, Williams covers more than a hundred drone strikes, analyzing the number of slain civilians versus the number of terrorists killed to address the claims of antidrone activists. In examining the future of drone warfare, he reveals that the U.S. military is already building more unmanned than manned aerial vehicles. Predators helps us weigh the pros and cons of the drone program so that we can decide whether it is a vital strategic asset, a ofrenemy,o or a little of both.

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